Cheryl Jones is the Stevenson Chair of Paediatrics and Department Head, University of Melbourne and an infectious diseases physician at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is an internationally recognised research leader in childhood infectious diseases, jointly leading the Clinical Infections group at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & the Australian Childhood Encephalitis (ACE) study. Her research has earned >$25 million in peer-reviewed funding including three NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence, (most recently the CRE in protecting the public against emerging infectious diseases). She was also recently appointed as the Executive Director of the NHMRC Melbourne Academic Centre for Health.
Professor Jones is President of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) where she has led advocacy for targeted action against drug-resistant infections (AMR) and appropriate antibiotic use, and she sits on the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. In June 2017, she jointly convened ASID and Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA)’s national summit calling for action to tackle AMR together with the Australian Veterinary Association, Australian College for Infection Prevention and Control, government and industry stakeholders, and key expert groups.